Full name Stiaan van Zyl
Born September 19, 1987, Cape Town
Current age 30 years 4 days
Major teams South Africa, Boland, Cape Cobras, South Africa A, Western Province
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, Aug 27-30, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Kei v Boland at Stellenbosch, Oct 26-28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street, Sep 19-22, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kei v Boland at Stellenbosch, Oct 29, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v South Africans at Hove, May 19, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Cape Cobras v Dolphins at Cape Town, Mar 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sussex v Essex at Hove, Aug 18, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|92, 0/38, 45, 0/6||Sussex||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|2/25, 17, 0/9, 85||Sussex||v Derbyshire||Hove||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|0/20, 32, 35||Sussex||v Northants||Northampton||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|0/5, 7, 38||Sussex||v Glamorgan||Colwyn Bay||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|0||Sussex||v Essex||Hove||18 Aug 2017||T20|
|29||Sussex||v Surrey||The Oval||13 Aug 2017||T20|
|5||Sussex||v Gloucs||Hove||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|34||Sussex||v Middlesex||Lord's||10 Aug 2017||T20|
|24, 1/1, 1/14||Sussex||v Worcs||Worcester||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|8||Sussex||v Kent||Canterbury||4 Aug 2017||T20|
A left-hander with a classic cover drive, Stiaan van Zyl was not always an elegant top-order batsman. At primary school, he fancied himself as a quick bowler but later chose batting over a bucolic life in the Boland, where he was educated at the rugby-mad agricultural high school, Boland Landbou. He made his first-class debut at 19.
Van Zyl averaged over 50 for the Cobras in the summer of 2007-08 but it was not until two seasons later that he arrived in the top-ten run-scorers in the first-class game. In 2009-10, van Zyl was sixth with an average of 58.00 and was rewarded with a call-up to the South African A side to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. By then, he had also developed as a handy medium pacer.
He remained a regular in the national reserves but it was not until the 2012-13 season, when he finished second on the domestic competition run-scorers' list, that he was spoken of a possibility for the senior side. With a batting line-up that included top-order heavyweights like Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla, it became difficult for van Zyl to get a look in.
But both Smith and Kallis retired in the summer of 2013-14 and van Zyl topped the run-charts, which made him possible to ignore. He traveled with the Test squad to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the winter of 2014 but did not get a game. He was also included in South Africa's squad to play West Indies at home later that year.